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zebra2  ·  299 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Who Is Left on Hubski? (Part II)




Not quite LA


about 30

Current Preoccupation

Settling in


I think I'd like to see more traffic here, really. I know it's a double-edged sword to have a user influx or a growing site, but it feels like this community is fated to decline if we can't get some new blood to fill the seats of the gradually dropping regulars. If I get into the swing of Sci-Fi club again I think I'd drop some offsite ads for it. I've mused about that before.

kingmudsy  ·  298 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Sci-fi club would be awesome! I always find myself lurking stuff like that, even if I don't read enough sci-fi to contribute.

I agree that we need more people - it's tough to know how to find them, and how to find quality users. What's caused our inflows in the past?

zebra2  ·  298 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Reddit events, generally. Whenever there’s a flare up of “rah rah reddit is terrible” in response to some policy change etc., and in the event that someone mentions Hubski somewhere, there’s a small surge of users. Although sometimes people mad at Reddit because they banned r/fatpeoplehate are poor Hubskians.

kleinbl00  ·  298 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I think this is one of the biggest problems - if you're leaving Reddit now and didn't leave reddit years ago you have no expectation of thoughtful discussion. The site is something completely different now, and the emigrants that came here are generations removed from what drives Reddit now.

nil  ·  298 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Even back in the day though, who was Hubski really snapping up from Reddit? Probably disgruntled tech employees who hated its guts but still couldn't avoid clicking on it until it finally became local news-level entertainment. The only way Hubski is going to get more users is if Hacker News goes out of business or somebody takes their entire grad school hostage, whichever comes first.

kleinbl00  ·  298 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I would argue it was people who were sick of the impersonal toxicity. 2010-2011 was when Reddit went from being a place with names you recognized to being a giant impersonal mob.